Plugable USB 2.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station with DisplayLink DVI/VGA up to 1920x1080, Audio, Ethernet, and 4 Available High-Speed USB 2.0 Ports for Windows
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- Use with any PC to add an extra display up to 1920x1080, speakers, ethernet, and 4 USB ports
- DVI/VGA connector, 10/100 Ethernet RJ-45, 3.5 mm plugs for stereo speaker and mic, security slot
- Simple and small with no moving parts, no fans, all standard USB 2.0. Does not charge laptop
- Windows 8.1/8/7 32/64 and XP 32-bit drivers via Windows Update, download, or disk
- Mac is not supported due to significant limitations in the operating system. Linux beta-quality drivers available but with important limitations--details below
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USB virtual graphics provides full performance for office applications and web browsing, but videos and 3D games should be played on the computer's main screen. "
Supported Operating Systems
Windows 8.1/8/7 64 and 32 bit, XP SP2+ 32 bit only - We recommend downloading DisplayLink's newest driver.
Mac is not supported due to significant limitations in the operating system.
Requires Intel / AMD / nVidia main GPU and driver with Windows Aero enabled. USB graphics requires dual core or 2 Ghz or better CPU for best performance. Not compatible with ARM-based Windows (MS Surface). Windows RT, Vista Home Basic, Win7 Starter Edition disable multiple monitors and are not supported. No supported drivers are available for Linux at this time."
On Windows Vista and Win7, virtual USB graphics makes use of your primary GPU, so is compatible only with systems with a single Intel, nVidia, ATI GPU running recent WDDM drivers.
In the box
Includes an AC adapter (US AC Wall Outlet Plug, 100-240V 50/60Hz), so even power-hungry USB devices like hard disks can be connected. Note that the docking station does not power or charge your laptop itself. The dock is a multifunction compound USB 2.0 device, with a Terminus USB 2.0 Hub, DisplayLink DL-165 USB Graphics, C-Media CM6300 USB Audio (supporting the USB Audio Class 1.0 standard), ASIX AX88772A USB Ethernet Chip.
For use as a USB Thin Client, see the "Plugable UD-160-M" model.
Top Customer Reviews
At the CES 2010 I've met with the CEO of Plugable and got a comprehensive overview of their Universal Docking Station product -- which prompted me to buy TWO of them, one for office usage, and another one for home. And I could not be happier with it! The guy used to run the Microsoft USB team, which boosted my confidence that the hardware drivers would be well maintained, and my installation experienced has proved it.
Once you plug this product into your PC's USB port (or laptop docking station's port as in my case) Windows finds the new hardware and just starts downloading and installing the drivers from the Windows Update. It finds about 6 or 7 hardware components (this docking station provides you with 4 USB ports, DVI monitor -- with VGA tranciever -- LAN port and Speakers/Microphone ports). So it is not a trivial device, and I've never seen the drivers installation running so smoothly. Within a minute or two I was prompted to accept some license agreement, and then was able to configure the layout of my monitors through the windows screen resolution box (pointing out which one is left, center and right and setting the resolutions).Read more ›
* Considering that this is unit is one of the FEW available universal docking stations that works with Windows 7 (at this time and date). Know that I never tried using the USB to video connection but everything else seems to work as advertised.
* No drivers to manually install they will auto-install with your next Windows update (the manufacturer appears to be sleeping with Microsoft).
* The unit is VERY light and after connecting a bunch of cables to it, it becomes unbalanced and tends to tip or get pushed to one side or the other. Being a bit of a metal artist I cut a spare of 1/4 steel to size and glued it to its bottom (problem resolved). I wouldn't expect them to add a weight to future models because this would triple the shipping costs.
* The motherboard is NOT mounted tight up against its plastic housing so when you insert a USB cable its sort of loose and wiggley. I would think after a year of plugging things in and out the solder joints on the internal USB connectors would fatigue. Right now its new so who am I to say what it will or will not do. At any rate its basic structure feels cheesey (seems to be a Chinese proverb these days).
Basic Rating "If you need a dock that works Windows 7 you don't have alot of other choices"
After a lot of research, I settled on the Plugable docking station. One of the big reasons I chose this was because the reviews which talked about how it worked seamlessly with Windows 7 and also detected and loaded drivers automatically. And that's exactly what I experienced. The set up was quick and frustration-free.
There were two things the reviews didn't prepare me for:
1. How well video streams (using DVI/VGA adapter) through the docking station. If I were watching an HD movie full-screen, I might still watch it on my laptop screen. But for every other application, it looks great.
2. The great customer service. After I hooked up the docking station, the audio wouldn't play through my external speakers. The issue wasn't covered on Plugables site, so I contacted the company via e-mail. After a few back-and-forth e-mails with screenshots, Bernie from Plugables spent over an hour on the phone with me resolving the issue. It was a missing Windows file on my end, and Bernie even sent me the missing file. Now the unit works perfectly.
It's not really a con, but there are only 4 USB ports. For most of us that means also adding a USB hub. Not a big deal. And it keeps the unit size small. Also, at this point, there are no firewire ports.
But those are minor concerns. The Plugables docking station is a great product at a very competitive price. Plus it comes with exceptional customer service. I recommend it without reservation. In fact, just today I bought another one for my son.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have used this with Redhat 7.1 and it gives me a second seat, not just a second display but an entirely separate seat for a user to login and use. Read morePublished 29 days ago by MuellersJM
Not bad at all - had half a dozen peripherals plugged into it, including a hi res monitor and it handled everything nicely.Published 3 months ago by MLK
I contacted Plugable customer service per e mail regarding problems with my 3 year old USB 2.0 Universal Docking Station. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donna M.
This works really well for older laptops with very limited USB ports. I upgraded an older laptop with an SSD and Windows 7, followed by Windows 10. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dragon archer
I own this and the newer version of this Plugable docking station. It works great and helps to keep wires neat and also helps so you don't have to disconnect and reconnect every... Read morePublished 6 months ago by mkesales
This product although it works as advertised also slows down the operation of your computer and causes problems.Published 6 months ago by Beverly
My desktop hard drive was dying and I had a laptop I had bought for school that I did not use. This did exactly what I needed it to and allowed me to hook my laptop up to my big... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer